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Short Term Certificate Programs

To qualify as a short-term certificate (1-29 credit hours) candidate, a student must:


  • Fulfill requirements of the short-term certificate program and the institution.*
  • Complete the minimum program hours.**
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 either overall


          Maintaining a GPA of at least 2.0 within their program of study.

*Generally, a student meeting all short-term certificate (STC) requirements in effect at the time they began their coursework for an academic program will qualify for a credential.


**Generally, the requisite semester hours must be earned at Sinclair College or through other arrangements with other regionally accredited institutions or contractual relationships approved by industry partners and educational entities.  To qualify for a short-term certificate of completion consisting of 18 credit hours or less, students must complete at least 50% of Sinclair course work at Sinclair Community College within the area of study to fulfill the institution's requirements. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours of Sinclair College coursework to complete a short-term certificate consisting of 19 hours or more.


Due to the specialized structure of short-term certificates consisting of 19-29 credit hours, students may be required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours of Sinclair coursework within the area of study to fulfill institutional requirements.


If the short-term certificate is a lecture/lab combination or only 1 course is required, 100% of the coursework must be completed at Sinclair.


Disclaimer:  If the short-term certificate is regulated by an agency outside of Sinclair, then the student must complete the minimum curricular requirements as defined by that agency.


For more information about degree related policies mandated by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), visit:             


  • Last Revised: 08/03/2023